Not often is dark comedy a part of cinema when it comes to Bollywood and it seems like the Indian cinema is finally opening up to orthodox genre films. It certainly did not happen before so Blackmail is definitely something that’s worth the money.
Director Abhinay Deo’s new masterpiece has the viewers on the edge of their seats with the full-blown pulp suspense, mystery and thriller treatment.
Before we give you our review, here’s the trailer:
The film is about an average salary man, Dev (Irrfan Khan), who works by the day to make sales on toilet paper. One day, to spice up his married life, his friend Anand (Pradhuman Singh), advises him to go home early with flowers to surprise his wife. He returns home early only to find his wife Reena (Kirti Kulhari) in bed with Ranjit (Arunoday Singh). Not only does this infuriate him, but from then on he secretly starts to blackmail his wife’s lover. Thus, leading to all kinds of blackmails taking place.
Blackmail proves itself as a dark-comedy movie as it agrees on how not every human being is righteous and they will do anything to satisfy their needs. Even if it means ruining someone else’s life. The first half is slow but at the same time entertaining. The second half follows after with bizarre laughter points and thicker plot. In fact, everything becomes so bizarrely funny that it seems just wrong to laugh anymore but director Deo makes sure to stay focused on the main focus of the plot – money. There are no best versions of people in Abhinay Deo’s world. Everyone is opportunistic and shallow.
As weird as it sounds, Irrfan gives a skillful performance as a helpless man who can’t stand up to his boss or unfaithful wife but on the inside he’s actually planning on blackmailing them. Pradhuman Singh plays as a good friend who eventually shows his true colors when cornered. Anuja Sathe acts out perfectly as the psycho colleague who hides her true nature under a well-mannered girl. Kirti is a natural as a woman who hasn’t come to terms with her circumstances while Arunoday is a delight as an eye candy.
The music in the film perfectly captures each moment and adds greatly to the narratives. Additonally, Blackmail’s dark humour and presentation makes it a delightful ride and worth your every penny!
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